Are religion and science in conflict? How do different religious groups view science? Do evangelicals perceive tension between science and their faith? Elaine Howard Ecklund studies religious people’s perceptions of science and lends us her expertise.
In Today’s Conversation with NAE President Leith Anderson, you’ll hear a noted sociologist share findings from her research of over 10,000 Americans and explain:
- The fundamental questions that shape how Americans approach science;
- What people of faith — particularly evangelicals — believe about the Earth’s origin;
- What informs attitudes towards the environment and climate change; and
- How religious groups view scientists.
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Leith: It seems that there’s a pretty substantial and ongoing myth that religious people just don’t like science. To me, it seems that what I have most often heard is that that’s attributed either to the Scopes trial in 1925 or somebody’s got a story about a high school science teacher or college professor and somehow that anecdote takes on a whole expansive life of its own. Where did these myths get started?
When God and Science Meet
Many people perceive tension — and sometimes even hostility — between faith and science. But there’s more agreement than many realize. The NAE’s “When God and Science Meet” publication brings together an impressive group of authors to put science and faith on the same page. Podcast listeners can receive a free printed copy by using a promo code included in the podcast audio.
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